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I'm a relative newcomer to government work, joining FDA about 18 months ago after decades of being a journalist. My job is to assign, write and edit FDA Consumer Updates, news stories posted on fda.gov that are designed to give consumers important information in language that's easy to understand. Not too technical or bureaucratic.

To endear myself to my new colleagues, I decided to write about anything that we saw as boring, leaving them to write about the hotter topics. I'm not easily bored, so I thought this would work as a noble gesture.

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